Died peacefully at her home on March 19, 2022, at the age of 96. Agnes came into this world on May 20, 1925, the second daughter of Heinrich and Johanna Schmitz in the small town of Nieukerk, Germany. She was born with a joyful spirit and the strength of character to be a trail-blazer according to her principled, Catholic faith. In young years, she helped her mother, a business woman and Caritas leader, to serve the poor, the hungry and homeless during the depression. She worked with her father, a businessman and local politician, supporting Christian Democratic policies and fighting Nazi propaganda before and into World War II. After the war, she was one of the few women in her State to obtain a dental degree from the Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms University School of Dentistry at Bonn, Germany in 1950. Thereafter, she went on to start and manage her own dental practice in Geldern, Germany for the next 10+ years. In 1957, after several years of courtship, she married a young orthopedic surgeon named Dr. Karl-Heinz Mueller with whom she emigrated to the United States in the early 1960s. After the move, Agnes closed her dental practice and was blessed to have four children to whom she dedicated her heart and soul, nurturing and educating them to be good Christian people. In the late 1970’s, Karl unexpectedly became disabled and Agnes took over not only raising the family, but generating the family’s income by investing in rental real estate and becoming an expert antique collector and trader. She was a woman who could do it all, and make sure everyone was taken care of and having fun while doing it. Agnes and her spirit will be profoundly missed.
Agnes was preceded in death by her husband of more than 50 years, Karl-Heinz Mueller, and is survived by her children Hendrik, Jan (Gina), Andre (Maureen) and Isabell, her grandchildren Joshua, Nathan, Leopold and Fredrica. Visitation will be Thursday, March 24, 2022, 10AM-10:40AM, eulogies at 10:45AM at St. Mary's Visitation Parish (1260 Church St., in Elm Grove) directly followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM. Internment following the Mass will be at St. Mary's Visitation Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be sent to the St. Ben's Community Meal Program or the St. Ben's Medical Clinic, 1015 N. 9th St., Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53233.
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